A day after the destruction

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

A day after the storm ripped through Nappanee destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, reality has set in.

At a time like this, people turn to friends and family for support and shelter, but we met up with a couple who had no one to turn to.

Amanda Weaver says, “I lived here before and Nappanee is a good place to live and when you move back—it’s been 11 years, and now I have nothing.”

Frustrated and frazzled Weaver quickly realized she didn’t lose everything. The love of her life was standing right next to her.

Her husband, Ray Weaver says, “She’s important to me. The first thing I did was give her a bear hug and roll her off of the bed to keep her away from the windows.”

Thier home on Short Street is destroyed, but they say life will go on. What is really disappointing to the couple is they just moved into their home two weeks ago. They looked forward to starting a new life in Nappanee and they moved here without any family close by.

So, they turned to the Red Cross for shelter. Only one other person showed up at the Nappanee Missionary Church Friday night for a place to get a good night’s rest.

Ray says, “It’s pretty difficult. I mean, we had no place to come, so we came here.”

The couple thanks people like Omar Hershberger. He came to the Nappanee Missionary Church with a lot of survival items that people like them need. He works at the Dollar Store in Wakarusa. All day long they’have been collecting donations, hoping to help make this disaster easier to deal with.

Hershberger says, “My kids were in Nappanee went the storm hit. I couldn’t get through to them. I was very nervous. It makes you feel good to help people out.”

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